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Erica Blinn constructs American rock songs one rusty melody at a time. She forces Mid-Western air through beat-up harmonicas and hammers out honest words that stretch and twist through her tunes. She bends the rules of the blues and knocks down the walls of pop music to create blue collar tunes that everyone can stand up for and be proud of.

Although it was her second time working with producer/engineer Mike Landolt (Maroon 5, Blues Traveler, OAR) as well as guitarist Andy Harrison, this record came with a lot of ‘firsts.’Erica is joined on record by her backing band The Handsome Machine featuring Ruf Records artist Devon Allman. “I like to think of this album as having a little something for everybody,” says Blinn, “It definitely has the rockers but it also has some more intimate feeling songs as well as a couple of just plain fun ones that reach towards a more poppy sound.”

Columbus Alive says, “Though she identifies her sound as blues rock, her rough-and-tumble rock tunes carry a whiff of Bonnie Raitt, with a saucy attitude and melodic twang that veers near to Nashville-ready country."

Over the last year, Blinn shared stages with names like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Royal Southern Brotherhood & Devon Allman just to name a few. September 2013 finds Blinn touring to promote the first single, Whiskey Kisses, off recently completed LP Lovers In The Dust due out in January 2014.. Burning gas in the tank and scorching crowds on a nightly basis, Blinn and her raucous backing band The Handsome Machine will be hitting up stages all across the USA.

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January 2014 () Lovers in the Dust: Eric Blinn promotes upcoming album
BY DON THRASHER, DAYTON DAILY NEW

Erica Blinn’s new album, “Lovers in the Dust,” won’t be released until January 28, but she’s already out supporting the full-length. The Columbus-based singer, who brings her band Handsome Machine to The Trolley Stop in Dayton on Saturday, Jan. 11, is also promoting the album’s lead single, “Whiskey Kisses,” which was released in September.

“The single is doing well,” Blinn said. “People are liking it and checking out the video so it’s going well. We’re trying to figure out what song to do next and we’ll do a video for that. The album officially comes out at the end of the month but we’re touring quite a bit in January beforehand.”

The album covers a lot of stylistic ground, from melodic pop rock (“Let Me Be Yours” and “Lovers in the Dust”) and gritty Americana (“Whiskey Kisses” and “Need Somebody Tonight)” to smoking honky-tonk rockers (“Sexy Mess” and “Home”), and should appeal to fans of Sheryl Crow and Shelby Lynne.

Like Blinn’s previous EP, the material was produced by Mike Landolt, whose credits include Maroon 5 and Blues Traveler. Each song receives the proper instrumental shading from Blinn’s band and a host of guest musicians, all working under the direction of Landolt. “The whole process of recording the album was very time consuming, especially with these songs,” Blinn said. “We hadn’t really rehearsed them as a band. We were mostly writing them in the studio. I had written a bunch and we worked on them and fleshed them out. Mike was definitely involved in the production aspect.

“It was much different than if we had hashed them out and really had the arrangements down as a band and just went in and laid them down,” she continued. “Everybody was involved in the creative process of writing while we were recording. That’s sometimes fun but it’s also very frustrating.”

While frustrating, Blinn says the extra work made for a stronger album. “We were working in the spur of the moment and really trying to do what was best for the songs,” she said. “We didn’t have preconceived notions of how we wanted to do it. It was nice to just let each song go and grow and be its own thing. “Mike has a great sense of the arrangements and where the different instruments come in and out,” Blinn added. “He’s really good at picking out a little hook or melody that should repeat. He really coaches people in the studio and pushes you, in a good way, to get your best performance.”

Contact contributing arts and music writer Don Thrasher at donaldthrasher8@aol.com.

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